Leixões Cruise Terminal is not a static building, but a “living organic” form that emerges from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Architect Luís Pedro Silva knew this when he submitted the design proposal for the project. A simple cruise terminal in such a place like the city of Oporto just wouldn’t make it justice.
As a result, two helicoid ramps intertwine vertically as the building grows out of the water, forming an organic shape that perfectly blends with the surroundings. To emphasise it, 1 million hexagonal white tiles have been carefully designed by the Portuguese manufacture Vista Alegre to cover all of its facades.
Leixões – PT